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Preparing a CV (a personal career history) is important for sending to employers

What to put in your CV

Standard CVs are usually split into a maximum of seven sections:

  1. Personal details
    Includes name, address details, telephone and email addresses, nationality. These are the facts about you and how to contact you.
  2. Education
    Provides dates, names and locations of schools and colleges attended and details of any qualifications that you may have obtained. This section also outlines the subjects that you have studied.
  3. Employment
    Specifies dates, employers’ names and locations, job title and main activities/achievements of each position held. It is normal to begin with your current or most recent job.
  4. Other skills
    Covers your other practical abilities or skills, including training courses and other subjects studied e.g. languages.
  5. Interests
    Includes hobbies, sport and leisure activities.
  6. Additional information
    Details other skills or type of work wanted. This section contains your statement about the contribution you can make and what kind of person you are.
  7. References
    Names, addresses and full contact details of two people who will provide character references for you.

Dos and Don'ts

Dos

Don’ts

Points to remember

  1. Keep positive. You need to feel upbeat in order to sell yourself in your CV. You will downplay your skills and experience if you write weak descriptions. Show off all the talents you have – every other applicant will too.
  2. Enhance your creative thinking by getting your environment as congenial as possible when you are working on the document.
  3. Stay motivated about the work involved in completing your CV. Think of all the people who have CVs; they will all have had to go through this process at some stage.
  4. How your CV looks is as important as what it contains. Make sure you spend as long on the design and layout of your document as on its content.
  5. Consider having more than one version of your CV – you may need different versions for different career possibilities.

Preparing Your Own CV
Adapted from "Preparing your own CV" by Rebecca Corfield, 5th Edition, published in 2009 ISBN No. 978-0-7494-5654-2

© Rebecca Tee 2010